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UN report highlights disparities in global metals stocks
May 19, 2010 - 12:38 GMT
United Nations Environment Programme
Metals in Society
Enormous disparities in global metals stocks exist between developed and developing nations, including Brazil, China and India, according to a new report, Metals in Society, by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
The report focuses on the amount of metals present in
society and the potential for utilising in-use stock to offset
demand from virgin metal. The largest global per capita of
population stock of in-use metals is iron at 2.200kg, followed
by aluminium at 80kg, copper at 35-55kg and lead at 8kg. The
report estimates that there is 7,000-14,000kg per capita of
iron in developed countries, such as the USA, Australia and
European Union member states, and just 2,000kg per capita of
iron in developing countries. This pattern is repeated for
other metals: in the developed world, there is 80-185kg of
stainless steel per capita, but only...
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